IFAW Hunt Watch 2008 - Tragic News from the Hunt
This morning we awoke to some somber news. According to media reports, a vessel from the Magdalen Islands capsized 70 kilometers north of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia last night while under tow by the Canadian coast guard. Apparently six men were on board; two were rescued, three have died and one is still missing. This morning, the IFAW team of observers here in Charlottetown, PEI offered our support and aircraft resources to assist with search and rescue efforts. The coast guard respectfully declined. All of us here with IFAW extend our deepest sympathies to the families of the sealers who were lost at sea last night.
As far as we are aware, there have been no plans on behalf of Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans to suspend the hunt.